Category Archives: Best Meals

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An Iskendar Kabab in Deira that Needs to be Revered, Glorified, Idolized. (…and eaten when the others aren’t looking.)

 A few of you might have suffered through my obsessive Iskendar kabab ramblings in the past—and this is definitely going to be another one of them. Because Iskendar kabab is that attention-grabber of Turkish kabab dishes that I will never … Continue reading

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Is Zurbian the new Mandi?

One of the highlights of last week was meeting Riath, the Yemeni Balqees raw honey importer at the International Fine Foods Festival. Riath, mum and I instantly connected over a string of honey and Yemen-related thoughts: the medicinal value of … Continue reading

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The ex-secret Mangalorean fish and rice place in Karama.

Sona took me to her secret Mangalorean fish and rice hangout in Karama last week. By the end of the meal, my stomach was weeping happy sentimental tears over how bloody good the food was. It took one scoop of … Continue reading

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I ate an Iraqi breakfast that touched my heart.

There are some meals that are so simple, yet they become so incredibly meaningful just because they spark off some long-lost memory that you didn’t even know you had. An Iraqi lamb and egg breakfast at Bait Al Baghdadi did … Continue reading

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Did you feast this Onam?

This country has been on an I.V. drip since the 70s. You’ll find the needle pierced deep into the skin of the city’s foundations, into the clerical veins of banks and old time private businesses, into the blood that pumps … Continue reading

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This is where you should be, every Friday of Ramadan. Malaysian Iftar Bazaar.

I’m writing this post on Friday, the 3rd of August. As I type, I can’t help but momentarily stop the frantic keypushing and raise my fingers up to my nose for a sniff. Aaaah…they smell so intoxicatingly  good…they smell of…beef … Continue reading

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The Calicut Crab that was the Queen of Karama Krawl

It’s way too much work to eat a crab. Let’s not even get into the behind-the-scenes kitchen drudgery, I just literally mean eating one. I always feel like some jaggedy edge of the craggy carcass will stab my fingers before … Continue reading

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The Best Chinese Ginger Chicken I Have Ever Had.

I stood there lost in thought at Bukit Bintang.  I was divided about whether to board the metro to Pudu or to scrap the plan altogether. Twenty two hours earlier, I had tried to make the very same journey. My … Continue reading

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Com’ere. I have to tell you about these magic meatballs.

I didn’t discover them. Which is pretty damning since Bento-Ya has probably been serving them on Sheikh Zayed road for the past fifteen years. All credit goes to the blogger behind Dubai Bites, who within two minutes of my post … Continue reading

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Shut for lunch on Mondays? Fine. I’m headed to Bundu Khan’s for kababs.

Restaurants in this country really do confound me. They’re open one day, and all boarded up the next. A press release might have announced a cultural culinary event at a restaurant, but no one, save maybe the chef  [IF you’re … Continue reading